Thursday, January 28, 2010

Asylum Bin Laden's Jan 2010 Mental Health Warning UserWatch Exclu$ive


Rumour has it that bosses all over the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust are bucklin' up with old straitjackets to fend off any swift punches to their fat midriffs from Asylum Bin Laden's "Birmingham Brothers"..Said to be hiding around Units practicing User-fu . Wards staff it is reported to us know they are finally facing a User-backlash ..

Disenchanted by bullshit User Involvement which has almost certainly replaced Patient Choice in Mental Health for cultures of tamed Users who keep the status quo going, the "Birmingham Brothers" appear to have their roots in the saner side of madness which wants to tell the system to : "Fuck off!"

Staff who contacted UserWatch have claimed "Fuck Off!" Notices, also have written on them on the buildings owned by the Trust .



UserWatch will report on any further outrageous tapes sent to us ..We are naturally closely liaising with the West Midlands Police's Social Paradoxes and Comedy Unit ..

Our sympathy goes to Sue Turner the CEO who some claim has created a watchtower of best welded steel for an office ..... Mind you its transparent - but only if you are inside it ..

UserWatch Correspondent

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mental Health Irish Petition Against ECT Without User Consent


ECT : Electro Convulsive Therapy has been controversial for some time and has attracted opposition to it in most countries .. Mind Freedom in the US has campaigned against its use in the case of Ray Sandford

Now there's an Irish Petition : (CLICK HERE)

We the undersigned support the deletion of section 59b of the Irish Mental Health Act 2001 which relates to the involuntary use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Section 59b presently states:

(b) where the patient is unable or unwilling to give such consent—

(i) the programme of therapy is approved (in a form specified by the Commission) by the consultant psychiatrist responsible for the care and treatment of the patient, and

(ii) the programme of therapy is also authorised (in a form specified by the Commission) by another consultant psychiatrist following referral of the matter to him or her by the first-mentioned psychiatrist.

Please note that this Bill and this petition does not interfere with the right of people to choose to have ECT administered if that is their wish.

ECT is not a therapy in any sense that a patient is consciously in charge of a consciously led and gradual process resolving mental health problems.

Its a process of shocking the brain and arguably blocking off depression and its causes, and replaces depression with a degree of memorylessness with little further access into what is causing the depression .....

Its like an electrical amputation of part of the Self .. Some people may wish it though so finally even as the Irish petition notes, there has to be a choice
Seeing people after ECT is often like seeing "zombed" out selves that re-awake into the present ...

When underlying causes pressure consciousness again for connection into meaning, albeit disturbing meaning sometimes and depression again ensues a person in charge of the patient (under Irish law ) could seek a second opinion to repeat the pattern of "therapy" ...

The corners of old psychiatric practice and tools of degrees of emotional butchery of the Self still exist campaigners believe .

How many of you have seen people ultimately benefit from ECT ? Perhaps a very few .

I have seen people seriously lose memory and personal time because of this process . I have known of people claim of being forced into ECT process and I have known those who had ECT face the demons of memory under their psychiatric "depressions " and render the ECT practice , for them , obselete.

The compression of the emotionally damaged self and denial of it will always create "depression" as an emotional after effect .. Electrical shocks can keep it at bay too but actually it needs connecting back into its own human story , where it can grieve and wail out its distorted and unravelling story of pain and then grow the acceptance that life is terribly terribly flawed .....

Sadness is not an evil. Sadness is the Self collecting its own brand of accepted wisdom.

Psychic pain though has to be treated carefully when processed into human connection and there's the rub , there's the real problem across western cultures in so far as we need more practitioners of restoration of the human narrative and therapy supply that enables the Self to emotionally grieve into acceptance its damages ..

That costs money . But unless we pay, it will cost part of our cultures paying in illness we never listened to deeply enough ..

Many will stay ill of mind because part of their mind is not allowed to be integrated back into the personal-Self ..


Monday, January 11, 2010

Mental Health Main House Birmingham PD Service Official Consultation



Well of course it was on the cards for a long time, but the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust has dragged its feet for a quite a time on altering services to fit more people in the community who suffer in the personality disorder spectrum (PD)..

Self harmers have self harmed and many have felt suicidal and often been alone or with ragged self help services in Birmingham UK and people have languished in the community with very little hands-on therapeutic help . We know that at UserWatch - we have heard it for years, and every year ..

Virtually all the resources for PD and Borderline PD locally were pushed into Main House ("specialism") and its outreach component Bridger House for those with "Tier 4" (a severity measure ) levels of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) .

Over a few years Main House has dealt with less than 15 people per annum.. This is in a population of over 1 million people in Birmingham UK ..

The question from those with other so called "Tiers of severity" (2 and 3) is , it appears to be a self fufilling service prophesy that people will get so bad and BECOME Tier 4 if they are not seen and helped far sooner ..Or they will die ..

BPD and PD have the highest suicide rates of all mental health suicides recorded in the UK (77 %) . Sadly that speaks for itself since UK services have often left people to themselves and offered just a bit of primary care drugging or "social inclusion" - or this and that, tinkering dressed up as "care" ...

Its often been a slow long death watch by some CPN's or Care-Co-ordinators.

What possessed BSMHFT Board delaying for so long a new Birmingham wide PD community orientated service as opposed to keeping a failed business model that had made money (because at one time it did) since the new push to help more people in the community with levels of Personality Disorder has had at least Dept of Health momentum for years since 2004 when a keynote document was produced ..

"Personality Disorder No Longer A Diagnosis For Exclusion "

That report surfaces again we see but its been a languishing part of the UK version of NIMHE's spread of dubious interest groups dressed up as patient reps .

It was a totally obvious report to write and showed up the previous know-it-all mechanical staff insight biased DOH patient anti-stance and critically showed nothing new but simple human sense :

I.E : If you don't hear damaged people in the community and allow them some ways to navigate pain, memories and feelings of child abuse, and relationship difficulties that evolve from poor or spoiled developments - you make them socially excluded and very unwell. The system of UK mental "health" actually therefore we have seen time and time again actively creates SOCIAL UNWELLNESS ...

BSMHFT has been hanging onto Main House because it did attract revenue- years ago - but slowly it has dwindled its capacity to attract bed purchases from other parts of the UK through other UK commissioning Primary Care Trusts (PCT's) . Those PCT's are looking to their own local needs and the push for local models of care instead of propping up a "specialist service" ...

One might say rather obviously - that if these other UK wide PCT's do push for more local models of PD help then perhaps the "Tier 4" population of PD suffering will slowly diminish - perhaps it will not, as more people come forwards for help as money is released into new opportunities for at least some kind of treatments , therapy and care local to people's needs ..We will all see .

There are some very good staff in personality disorder services who are eclectic of approach and will not necessarily be rigidly enforcing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) type therapies on patients in the community who in any case have complex needs and not simple depressions for which CBT has been primarily recommended . [Dialectical Behavioural Therapy tends to be the preferred therapy of choice for many PD patients if they can get it ]

Yet perhaps the biggest lesson about PD comes from another but related quarter regarding better human and locally-inclusive therapy responses and it shows up the way services actually falsely construct themselves "into speciality " around other labels like "psychotic" regarding what has been seen to be seriously distressed and developmentally damaged mental health Users.

The Study of 500 (reported by the Guardian on Dec 9th ) Afro Carribbeans done by South London and Maudsley MH Hospital breaks open the mystification and uselessness of the term "Psychoses" . It is redundant, the study showed no disease process , or gene process but a massive correlation of socially distressed life events which it is arguable the health system just drugged out of the way into more personal and internal social isolation . Do you get the point ?

We have a socially unreal mental health system in the UK ..

Do the services and their personnel get the point yet .. ? After all they did the study and are more than silent about its "diagnostic-tool" shattering implications of the term "psychosis"...

Something else is needed ... Severely Socially Damaged Human Identity ?

People are made into damaged selves by socially and family constructed distress over the long term . Frankly having a (Tier 4 ) service like Main House re-inforces that too . People need intervention via better serious psycho-social-therapy in the community and we need to unravel people at that level there, and resolve issues there .

Think on, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust Board because you are presiding over descriptors of people's damaged lives in ways that are seriously pseudo scientific .

You see , read the study about the 500 Afro Caribbeans . No "psychoses" exists . There's no basis for it as medical label at all . Its a false shibboleth . False science . Its a mystification of hyper distress caused through family separations and social distresses and because it is, its arguably "mis diagnosis" .... And that my white brothers and sisters on the BSMHFT Board is legal territory ..

But that study begs looking at other descriptors (not diagnosis tools) of human damage and have a guess what ?

Those 500 Afro Caribbeans studied fit into the PD spectrum of human damage that for so long has been treated as "un-treatable" .. Yeah ... The services have helped perpetuate bad health and bad descriptions but most of all its killing people at a distance - either existentially or literally ..

Murder by mystification ? Suicide that is profoundly disguising not being seen , unless through a pseudo science and services that medicalises or invalidates many humans in the UK ....

Further reading :

Learning the lessons:

"A multi-method evaluation of dedicated community-based services for people with personality disorder"

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Sion Simon MP Faced Cash For Christmas Trees Questions


Sion Simon MP Asked About Christmas Tree Purchases

The mental health UserWatch delusionary dog's (Piddlekwik) wet legged habits on the Royal Parks trees provoked us to get questions asked about Sion Simon MP's Department's costs of Christmas Trees ..

Piddlekwik does not exist to those who cannot see him by the way .. But they made a film about Harvey didn't they ? ... So do not mock us, you stigmatisers ..We just have special sightedness ..

Sion Simon is the MP for Birmingham Erdington UK and is often called locally : "Mr Invisible" and he is also the (Under-secretary for the Department of Culture Media and Sport ) ...

Its seems Sion's Department can furnish Christmas trees in royal parks but he personally really did not robustly support the needs for instance of the Erdington community (where he is the M.P. ) in trying to get the Rookery Park House in Erdington, facilitated into arts and community use.

Maybe he can refute that in the Great Barr Observer ?

A local interest group in that type of community facilitation has been around for years trying to improve community arts facilitation and it never never happened at the Rookery House Park right under Sion's nose, and his nearby offices ... Sion of course locally is reckoned to have been parachuted into the safe Labour Erdington seat because he has shown his loyalty to the party (in some kind of way ) and is quite ambitious with a keen journalistic-researchers edge .. Local people we have heard from, complain to us , that his responses if they ever get them to concerns, take months ..

On the 5th January Sion answered questions in Parliament quick enough about Christmas Tree costs ..

"David Davies (Monmouth, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agency in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each year; from where the trees were sourced; what account was taken of the sustainability of the sources of the trees; and by what process the trees were disposed of."

"Siôn Simon (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Birmingham, Erdington, Labour)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Number of trees purchased Cost (£)
2005 n/a n/a
2006 4 565
2007 3 446
2008 3 559
2009 3 559
n/a = Not available.

The Department's Christmas trees are purchased each year from sustainable sources within the United Kingdom, through its facilities management contractor. The trees are composted after use.

(b) The Royal Parks

Number of trees purchased Cost (£)
2005 17 1,700
2006 14 1,000
2007 13 1,600
2008 19 1,700
2009 17 1,200

The Royal Parks' Christmas trees are purchased each year from sustainable sources within the United Kingdom, through its nursery contractor. They include those placed in offices, playgrounds, memorial gardens, outside in the parks, in catering outlets and those passed on to other stakeholders. Some of these costs are therefore recharged to contractors. All the trees are disposed of as part of the Royal Parks' green waste recycling scheme. "

But what of Sion's own expense costs as a MP ? - they did not come out too quickly did they ? The Daily Mail reported on them though ... Take a look below .. It's just as well we did a little research about our office dog Piddlekwik and his piss taking on Royal Christmas Trees.

We feel we have improved all readers mental health by making them smile too ... UBT UserWatch Behavioural Therapy is free, and we do not take expenses from the public.

£21000 Owed by SION SIMON MP

Credit goes to the Daily Mail
Dec 18th 2009 Edition.


Sunday, January 03, 2010

Mental Health : Borderline Personality Disorder Man Detained In Morocco Drugs Claim


Phil Lockwood

By Art De Rivers -

Known to some personality disorder sufferers in the UK, Phil Lockwood a Borderline Personality Disorder Mental Health sufferer who has campaigned for better UK services, has just been detained by the Moroccan authorities for possession of cannabis .

At this time it is not known from the Moroccan authorities how much cannabis he was in possession of, but a Facebook group claim it was a small amount .

"He is currently in surprisingly good spirits... so lets help him stay that way. He faces anything from 2 months to 2 years for being caught with a personal amount of cannabis - although if he is charged with commercial smuggling, this could be anything from 10-20 years.

Philip Lockwood was caught trying to leave Morocco on the 30th December 2009 with a small amount of cannabis on him.

Philip suffers from borderline personality disorder, and has been successfully controlling his condition by using cannabis for a number of years.

He is currently being held in Inezgane prison, near Agadir in Morocco. At the time of creating this group, he has had no British consular assistance or contact, and is surviving in the prison purely on the generosity of the others

Privacy Type:
Open: All content is public. "

It was known amongst his UK compatriots that Phil Lockwood was involved with some kind of trade with Morocco . Apparently buying leather goods at wholesale prices in Morocco and trying to sell them in the UK . He was apparently trying to stand on his "own two feet" as work prospects in the UK were poor .
His friends and supporters on Facebook are concerned for his welfare and are asking that the UK consular officials in Morocco are contacted to support his well being .
"He is currently being held in Inezgane prison, near Agadir in Morocco. At the time of creating this group, he has had no British consular assistance or contact, and is surviving in the prison purely on the generosity of the other inmates there. In Morocco, you have to have people on the outside provide you with food."
Supporters of Phil Lockwood can contact the British consulate through a consular official:
See the Consular Website HERE

Moroccan Telecom search on UserWatch re: Phil Lockwood Story